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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: Make Your Wedding Personal

There are few things more gratifying than seeing a couple’s wedding perfectly reflect their personalities, tastes, relationship, and love for one another. For these do’s and don’ts for making your wedding personal, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to help you to figure out ways to make your day special. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. 1 | Do Incorporate Elements of Your Heritage A beautiful and simple way to personalize your wedding is to pay homage to you and your fiancé’s heritage. This touch will also make your friends and family feel more at home and involved in your day. For one of our past events, we incorporated a Mediterranean …

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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: Wedding Eats

Selecting your wedding eats can be a complex and stressful undertaking. There are many things to consider such as guest allergies and eating restrictions, what’s in season, buffet or plated, how much food to serve, and the list goes on! For these do’s and don’ts, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to help you to enjoy what should be a fun part of the planning process. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. 1 | Do Let the Food Reflect the Location Your wedding eats should reflect the theme and style of the wedding, preferences of the couple, and feature local and seasonal offerings. If you’re getting married in July …

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Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

If you’ve decided to write your own wedding vows but have found yourself struggling to transform those powerful emotions into coherent thoughts, you’re not alone. Many brides and grooms struggle to find those perfect words to express just how much they love each other on their special day. To help you get past your writing block, we’ve teamed up with our friends at POPSUGAR and their associate news editor, Laura Marie Meyers, to bring you a few tips. Her personal story and advice should help you get that pen to paper. My husband and I wrote our own wedding vows, and those words were the very heart of what made our ceremony feel so special — and so very us. Of course, there are plenty of ways to add a personal touch to your big day, and traditional vows can be just as meaningful, but in my experience, written vows were the right choice. So how, exactly, did we go about writing the words we’d share with each other during one of the most important days of our …

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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: Staying Sane During Planning

Brides-to-be, grooms-to-be, parents and friends – there is a LONG list of people involved in planning a wedding. The best thing to do though is take a big, deep breath and relax. It is so important to keep things in perspective and remember what a wedding is truly all about. Although it may be the most important day of two people’s lives, at the end of the day, nobody is performing surgery- no lives are actually on the line. To stay calm, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to get her most tried and trusted tips on staying sane. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. …

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Preserving Spring’s Most Coveted Fruit with Strawberry Jam

Wish you could enjoy spring and summer’s fresh berries all year long? Before they go out of season, we’ve partnered with our friends at POPSUGAR to bring you a delicious strawberry jam recipe. Get ready to be eating this on toast, sandwiches, and muffins long into those winter months. INGREDIENTS 2 pounds ripe strawberries, quartered 2 lemons, juiced 3 tablespoons fruit pectin 1 1/2 cups sugar DIRECTIONS This recipe only makes one pint of strawberry jam, so it’s up to you whether or not you would like to process the jar or simply put it in the fridge after the can reaches room temperature. I’m of the nature to process any canned items I make, whether or not I plan on opening them that week. I think it helps destroy any looming bacteria, is an easy way to clean off the cans. Most importantly, I love that satisfactory snap when the can is processed correctly. After the sugar dissolves, taste the berry mixture to make sure it is sweet enough. Depending on the ripeness of the …

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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: The Tablescape

The tables at your wedding can be one of the focal points in your venue. Do you want a rustic look? Something a little more modern? Are you having a buffet? Sit-down dinner? These are all things to think about as you design the looks of your tables. We’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to get her tips and tricks for the perfect table. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. 1 | Do Think About the Overall Look There are so many things to consider when designing your wedding tablescape. Look, design, and aesthetic come to mind first. Factors like functionality, comfort and how the finished …

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10 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes For Summer

Summer doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your slow cooker. This kitchen tool is absolutely not a seasonal utensil, which is why we’ve teamed up with our friends at POPSUGAR Food to bring you their delicious slow cooker recipes that are perfect for those warm weather months. 1. Slow-Cooker Pomegranate Pork Tacos With Quick-Pickled Red Onion   Get the recipe: slow-cooker pomegranate pork tacos with quick-pickled red onions. 2. Slow-Cooker Bloody Mary Soup Get the recipe: slow-cooker Bloody Mary soup. 3. Slow-Cooker Blackberry Jalapeño Chicken Sandwiches Get the recipe: slow-cooker blackberry jalapeño chicken sandwiches. 4. Slow-Cooker Chinese Beef With Zucchini Noodles Get the recipe: slow-cooker Chinese beef with zucchini noodles. 5. Slow-Cooker Potato Corn Chowder Get the recipe: slow-cooker potato corn chowder. 6. Slow-Cooker Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup Get the recipe: slow-cooker tomato basil tortellini soup. 7. Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili  Get the recipe: slow-cooker vegetarian chili. 8. Slow-Cooker Quinoa, Chicken, and Kale Soup Get the recipe: slow-cooker quinoa, chicken, and kale soup. 9. Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Style Barbacoa Tacos Get the recipe: slow-cooker Chipotle-style barbacoa tacos. 10. Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken Get the recipe: slow-cooker roast chicken. Get the full collection of POPSUGAR’s Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes here. Images || …